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Video: On the West’s Absurd Polices toward Islam

On August 21, 2016, I addressed the American Freedom Alliance conference in Los Angeles on “Can Islam Coexist with the West?” Pamela Geller, President of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, introduced me. She also spoke immediately before me; here is the full video of her remarks, followed by her introduction of me and my own

Pamela Geller introduces me.

My remarks.

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Iranians ‘harass, make ‘high speed intercept’ of U.S. warship near Strait of Hormuz

The Islamic Republic of Iran has been on a war footing against the United States since 1979. The Iran nuclear deal only emboldened it. Iranian vessels regularly confront U.S. ships in the Persian Gulf, while the Obama administration tries to downplay these incidents so as to mislead Americans into thinking that Iran is achieving a rapprochement with the United States.

The details of Iran’s ongoing war activities against the United States are unknown to most Americans — find them out in The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Iran.

“Iran vessels make ‘high speed intercept’ of U.S. ship: U.S. official,” by Idrees Ali, Reuters, August 24, 2016:

Four of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) vessels “harassed” a U.S. warship on Tuesday near the Strait of Hormuz, a U.S. defense official said, amid Washington’s concerns about Iran’s posture in the Gulf and in the Syrian civil war.

The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said on Wednesday that two of the Iranian vessels came within 300 yards of the USS Nitze in an incident that was “unsafe and unprofessional.”

The vessels harassed the destroyer by “conducting a high speed intercept and closing within a short distance of Nitze, despite repeated warnings,” the official said.

IRGC, the Islamic Republic’s praetorian guard, is suspicious of U.S. military activity near Iran’s borders and appears to be sticking to a familiar posture in the Gulf that predates last year’s nuclear accord between Iran and six world powers, including the United States.

The United States and other countries are concerned about Iran’s support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, its ballistic missile program, and its backing for Shiite militias that have abused civilians in Iraq.

The U.S. defense official said that in Tuesday’s incident the USS Nitze tried to communicate with the Iranian vessels 12 times, but received no response. It also fired 10 flares in the direction of two of the Iranian vessels.

“The Iranian high rate of closure… created a dangerous, harassing situation that could have led to further escalation, including additional defensive measures by Nitze,” the official said.

USS Nitze had to change course in order to distance itself from the Iranian vessels, the official said, adding that the incident could have led to a diplomatic protest, but the United States does not have diplomatic relations with Iran….

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Peaceful Islam is ‘American Islam’

“Islam commands us to be firm against the enemies and be kind and compassionate toward each other.” Where does Ayatollah Sayyed Yousef Tabatabaeinejad get this idea? Why, from the Qur’an:

“Muhammad is the messenger of Allah; those with him are harsh against the disbelievers, merciful among themselves…” (48:29)

Will the American Islamic apologists who insist that Islam is peaceful and that those who think otherwise are greasy Islamophobes take the Ayatollah Sayyed Yousef Tabatabaeinejad to task for misunderstanding the religion which he has spent his life trying to understand properly? Don’t hold your breath.

“Non-revolutionary Islam is “American Islam” – Shiite scholar,” Iran’s state-controlled Ahlul Bayt News Agency, May 9, 2016:

Ayatollah Khamenei’s representative in Esfahan province emphasized that non-revolutionary Islam is the same as “American Islam” and revolutionary Islam is the same as pure Muhammadan Islam.

AhlulBayt News Agency – Ayatollah Khamenei’s representative in Esfahan province of Iran, Ayatollah Sayyed Yousef Tabatabaeinejad noted the anniversary of the establishment of Iran’s Organization for Mobilization of the Oppressed (Basij) on the orders of the late Imam Khomeini and stated: “The Basij was established during the [Iran-Iraq] War and it also established a revolutionary spirit for the entire nation and it still has this revolutionary spirit.”

The Supreme Leader’s representative in Esfahan province emphasized the fact that the revolutionary Islam is the same as pure Muhammadan Islam, saying: “Some say our Islam is not revolutionary Islam, but we must say to them that non-revolutionary Islam is the same as American Islam. Islam commands us to be firm against the enemies and be kind and compassionate toward each other and not be afraid of anything.”

Ayatollah Tabatabaeinejad pointed to the false idea among some, who think that in order to survive, we must accept the enemies’ oppression and referred to the message of Imam Husayn’s uprising against the Caliph Yazid, saying: “By saying ‘woe unto the wretched,’ Imam Husayn did not say that in order to improve our living conditions we should accept the enemies’ humiliation. Principally, our Islam is revolutionary and revolutionary Islam has created the Islamic Revolution and this revolutionary spirit must be maintained.”

His Eminence said that the [Iranian] Revolution was brought into existence through Islam and was led by the clergy and Imam Khomeini. “The message of Imam Khomeini advanced the Revolution and the clergy suffered torture and endured many hardships on this path and the revolution triumphed due to their efforts. If the clergy abandon their revolutionary spirit, the duties of the people will be determined.”

Ayatollah Tabatabaeinejad stated that revolutionary Islam is this same Islam. It is the Islam that is within us that can create changes. The warriors realized that Islam is not just prayers and fasting, but rather they stood against the enemies in support of Islam. “Thus, revolutionary Islam is our constitution and our Leader acts according to religious attributes and never accepts foreign domination,” he stressed.

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Gay Staff Tell Air France: We Don’t Want to Fly to Death in Iran

Gay flight attendants working for Air France demand the right to opt out of flying to a country where homosexuality is punishable by death.

Gay flight attendants working for Air France are demanding the airline allow them to opt out of flights to Tehran when the airline resumes its flights to the Islamic Republic April 17 after an eight-year hiatus.

Homosexuality is a crime punishable by death in Iran.

Air France recently found itself embroiled in a dispute with female crew members when they announced that women employees must cover their hair and wear baggy trousers when disembarking in Iran. The airline backed down after objections by the trade union and subsequently made the route optional for female employees.

Now, the gay staff are asking for that same right. The online petition “We don’t want to fly to death in Iran” launched by the attendants states:

“Air France has decided to return to Tehran. Before taking this decision, it did not ask flight attendants what they thought of the rights of women in this country, nor how they felt at the thought of having to wear scarves and wide trousers once at the destination.

“Fortunately, the unions intervened, the feminist cause is often seen, the media seized the debate, and the hostesses got (which would have seemed logical from the start) the right to refuse travel.

“It is this right that we ask today for gay stewards. Indeed, homosexuality remains illegal in this country. The penalty is up to 74 lashes for a minor, up to the death penalty for an adult (the method of execution remains at the discretion of the judge).

“Of course, sexuality is not written on passports and does not change the way the crew work. But for moral reasons as humans, it is inconceivable to force someone to go to a country where his kind are condemned for who they are.

“It is also ethically inconceivable to ask the people who fought in their country, in their environment or even in their family to be recognised for who they are to put a scarf over who they are, for their profession.”

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EDITORS NOTE: The featured image is the picture that accompanies the petition started by gay flight attendants from Air France.

Iran hacked New York dam and dozens of U.S. banks

“These attacks were relentless, they were systematic, and they were widespread.” Peace in our time!

Bowman Avenue Dam

“Iranians Hacked New York Dam And Banks, Says US,” Sky News, March 24, 2016:

Seven hackers allegedly tied to the Iranian government have been charged with cyber-attacks on a small dam outside New York City and dozens of banks.

Unsealing the indictment in Washington DC, the Justice Department said all seven accused were employed by Iranian computer companies that have worked for the Iranian government.

The attacks on the American financial sector disabled bank websites and caused tens of millions of dollars in losses, say the charges.

The cyber-raids occurred between December 2011 and May 2013, escalating until they recurred on an almost weekly basis.

Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Citibank, HSBC and the New York Stock Exchange were among the targets, said US authorities.

“These attacks were relentless, they were systematic, and they were widespread,” Attorney General Loretta Lynch told reporters on Thursday.

One of the seven, Hamid Firoozi, is accused of hacking the control system of the Bowman Avenue Dam, about 20 miles (32km) north of New York City.

Luckily for operators of the 20ft high flood-control structure, its sluice gate had been disconnected from the computer system for maintenance at the time, so it could not be manipulated by the hacker.

The individuals named in the indictment are not in American custody….

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Iran to Pay Thousands to Families of Palestinian Attackers

If the attacker is killed, the family will receive $7,000 from Iran; if the attacker’s house is demolished, the family will receive $30,000.

The Iranian ambassador to Lebanon Mohammed Fattah Ali has announced that Iran will pay thousands of dollars to every family who has a member who perpetrates a terrorist attack against Israel.

If the attacker is killed, the family will receive $7,000 from Iran; if the attacker’s house is demolished, the family will receive $30,000.

The current wave of attacks, which began last September and has been dubbed the “Knife Intifada,” has seen 188 stabbing attacks, 75 shootings and 39 vehicular attacks conducted by Palestinians against Israeli civilians and security personnel. To date, 31 Israelis have been killed in those attacks, with 357 wounded.

Ali announced the payments at press conference in Beirut, in which he called for Lebanon to join the fight against Israel, saying, “the martyrs’ blood will release the entire Palestine, from the river to the sea”

In a statement, the Israeli Foreign Ministry commented,  “This is additional proof of Iran’s deep involvement in supporting terror against Israel. After the agreement with the world powers, Iran is allowing itself to continue being a central player in international terror.”

Iran has also been involved in funding Hamas and providing the Gaza-based terror group with weapons. In April 2015, it was reported that Iran had transferred tens of millions of dollars to Hamas to rebuilt their network of terror tunnels partially destroyed in 2014 by Israel.

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon has also said that Iran had embedded “sleeper cells” in the US and Europe, warning that the cells were gathering weapons and intelligence, and recruiting members to carry out terror attacks.

“The Iranian regime through the Iranian Revolutionary Guard corps is building a complex terror infrastructure including sleeping cells that are stockpiling arms, intelligence and operatives and are ready to act on order including in Europe and America,” Ya’alon said yesterday on a visit to Cyprus.

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Report: Iran Executes a Child for Cheering a Saudi Soccer Team

EDITORS NOTE: The inset of the featured image is of the Iranian ambassador to Lebanon Mohammed Fattah Ali

Iran Executes a Child for Cheering a Saudi Soccer Team

Arab media reports Iran executed a boy from the southwestern city of Ahvaz for cheering a Saudi football team and wearing Arab clothes.

Iran executed a child for cheering a Saudi soccer team at a match in Tehran, according to Arabic media reports. The Ahvazi child, Yasser Shalibawi, was charged with cheering for the visiting Al-Hilal soccer team at a match in Tehran and wearing Arab clothes.

He also allegedly held up a sign saying “The Arabic Al-Hilal: Welcome to the Land of the Arabic Al-Ahvaz.’

Shalibawi was executed by shooting, the head of the British Regional Centre for Studies of the Middle East, Amjem Taha, told Al-Madenah News.

This is the first time someone has cheered a Saudi team in Iran, according to the Egyptian outlet Al-Wafd.

Ahvaz is a city in the south west of Iran home to a large number of ethnic Arabs and there have previously been tensions between them and the regime, which has been accused of discriminating against Iranian-Arabs.

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Islamic State slaughters 300, kidnaps over 400

The age of Obama is the age of jihadi advance.

“ISIS massacres 300 and kidnaps at least 400 including women and children during attack on government-held city,” by Tom Wyke, MailOnline, January 17, 2016:

ISIS have abducted at least 400 civilians including women and children after capturing new territory in an assault on Syria’s eastern city of Deir Ezzor.

Activists from the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said they believed ISIS rounded up the civilians following an attack on the north of the city.

‘After their attack on Deir Ezzor yesterday, IS abducted at least 400 civilians from the residents of the Al-Baghaliyeh suburb it captured and adjacent areas in the northwest of the city,’ the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

‘Those abducted, all of whom are Sunnis, include women, children and family members of pro-regime fighters,’ Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said.

They were transported to areas under ISIS control in the west of Deir Ezzor province and to the border with the Raqqa province to the northwest.

The IS attack on Deir Ezzor on Saturday killed at least 85 civilians and 50 regime forces, the monitor said.

ISIS posted a statement confirming they had launched a ‘massive assault on Syrian regime positions’ in the city of Deir Ezzor.

The jihadi group claimed they have gained control over the radio tower, several warehouses and outskirt neighbourhoods.

It also claimed it had killed ‘dozens’ of Assad regime soldiers.

‘The battles are ongoing until now and we ask Allah for victory and consolidation….

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Iran Leads World in State-sanctioned Executions

“Proponents of the nuclear agreement signed in July declared that it would lead to moderation of the Iranian regime. Instead, just the opposite has ensued—Iran’s conduct has worsened. At the pace it has begun 2016, Iran will once again execute more than 1,000 of its citizens this year.”

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“Iran Executed 1,084 People In 2015,” by Adam Kredo, Washington Free Beacon, January 12, 2016:

Iran again led the globe in the number of state-sanctioned executions in 2015, killing 1,084 people, which marks the highest rate of executions in the country in 25 years, according to statistics compiled by human rights and advocacy organizations.

Iran, which continues “to execute more individuals per capita than any other country in the world,” according to the United Nations, carried out an average of three executions per day in 2015, according to numbers issued by a leading Iranian human rights organization.

Since the election of President Hassan Rouhani, who was celebrated by many in the West as a moderate reformer, executions in Iran have soared, hitting record numbers in each of the last several years. The U.N. recorded 753 executions in 2014, though some human rights organizations have claimed that the number is higher.

Iran executed an American citizen in November.

Iran began 2016 with a massive round of executions, hanging 13 individuals on Jan. 6 and killing a total of 25 people in the first week of the year, according to separate statistics issued by United Against a Nuclear Iran, an advocacy organization that has been highly critical of Iran’s human rights record.

Critics of Iran’s human rights record, which continues to be ranked among the worst in the world, have said that the rising numbers of executions highlight the Islamic Republic’s disregard for the rule of law.

“By beginning the new year with an execution spree, Iran is signaling that it will continue to defy the international community and basic standards of human rights,” former Ambassador Mark Wallace, the organization’s CEO, said in a statement.

Wallace warned that Iran’s behavior is a sign that the regime is growing more hardline despite claims by the Obama administration that the recent Iran nuclear deal would moderate the nation.

“Proponents of the nuclear agreement signed in July declared that it would lead to moderation of the Iranian regime,” Wallace said. “Instead, just the opposite has ensued—Iran’s conduct has worsened. At the pace it has begun 2016, Iran will once again execute more than 1,000 of its citizens this year.”

A large number of those executed are from religious minority groups, such as Christian converts, Bahá’í adherents, Sunni Muslims, and Kurds.

Political dissidents have also been targeted by the Iranian regime, often being executed after legal proceedings that international observers have deemed as unfair.

Iran also remains one of the few nations to execute children and minors, as well as women claiming self-defense against rapists and homosexuals….

The Obama administration is set to lift many U.S. sanctions on Iran but insists that it will retain sanctions targeting Iranian human rights abuses.

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VIDEO: Top 5 Terror Threats of 2016

The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) has achieved media saturation through its bloody conquests and terrorist attacks by its ideologues in the West, but what other terrorist threats should be on our radar for next year? That’s the question that Fox & Friends asked the Clarion Project’s national security analyst and here is his written summary of the top five terror threats beyond ISIS for 2016:

Non-Islamic Terrorism

The existence of non-Islamic terrorists sometimes leads to a misleading downplaying of the Islamist threat, but we should not deny that non-Islamic extremist threats exists. As someone who has provided specific intelligence to the authorities on both Islamic and non-Islamic terrorist threats, I would not be surprised to see a major attack committed by the latter next year.

A controversial study published earlier this year concluded that there have been 19 non-Islamic terrorist attacks inside the U.S. since 2001. A survey of 382 police and sheriff’s departments found that three-fourths rated anti-government extremists as the top threat in their local area.

In March, there was an  terrorist attack targeting TSA agents at a New Orleans airport, ending with the fatal shooting of the machete-wielding attacker. More recently, a man was arrested in California for planning to bomb a mosque (which is the kind of response that the Islamic State hopes for).

Deterioration of Afghanistan and Pakistan

The Taliban is growing back in Afghanistan, as is Al-Qaeda —but there are even more powerful Islamist terrorist groups harbored in Pakistan to watch out for (here’s a list of 15). This includes groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba (rebranded as Jamaat-ud-Dawa) and its massive infrastructure. There’s also the Haqqani Network, Jaish-e-Mohammed, Hizbul Mujahideen and radical Sufi Sheikh Mubarak Ali Gilani, the leader of the cultish Muslims of the Americas that has a significant presence within the U.S.

Enriched Iran

The Iranian regime has increased its funding to Hezbollah and Hamas and Iran’s “moderate” President Rouhani has increased the budget of the Revolutionary Guards Corps. Iranian-backed militias are vowing to strike Saudi Arabia and launch attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq. And all of this is before Iran has begun really reaping the benefits of the nuclear deal.

Next year could see an Iran on steroids and a West that finds itselfdisarmed of important options to deter Iran’s jihad.

“Moderate” Syrian Rebels

A study by the Tony Blair Faith Foundation concluded that 60% of the Syrian rebels are Islamist extremists who want to implement sharia governance and, even more frighteningly, one-third (or about 15 rebel groups) share the same brand of Islamist extremism as ISIS. That’s about 65,000 jihadists immediately ready to succeed the Islamic State. Truly moderate Syrian rebels are very difficult to identify and support because they are either overpowered by our Islamist “allies” like Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey or integrated as a minority within Islamist-majority coalitions.

Who Will Replaces the Islamic State?

Let’s suppose everything goes our way and ISIS’s rank depletes due to casualties and defeats that force its membership to realize that Allah isn’t blessing the group. The doctrines that ISIS is based on won’t go away if the group were to suddenly disappear. Its apocalyptic vision isn’t part of some weird cult-like brainwashing; it’s based in widely-accepted Islamic End Times prophecies.

The question becomes: Who fills the gap left by the Islamic State? It has provided a formula for success that other Islamist terrorists will follow and claim to have tweaked for Allah’s approval. Al-Qaeda could make a comeback or a lesser-known group could make a name for itself, such as one of the Syrian groups mentioned above. Or it could be an entirely new group. We just don’t know.

And that’s why, if we exclude ISIS from the list of the top five terrorist threats in 2016, the number one threat is simply who rises from ISIS’s ashes as it declines, just as ISIS did with Al-Qaeda. The threat isn’t a specific group but the “known unknown” that follows its template.

We know that ISIS will have a successor as long as the foundational Islamism exists as a mainstream ideology. The “unknown” is what that entity will be. And this “known unknown” threat is the hardest one to prepare for.

ABOUT RYAN MAURO

Ryan Mauro is ClarionProject.org’s national security analyst, a fellow with Clarion Project and an adjunct professor of homeland security. Mauro is frequently interviewed on top-tier television and radio. Read more, contact or arrange a speaking engagement.

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